Careers Education

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We aim to provide our students with expert and professional information, advice and guidance (IAG), combined with informal IAG, by sharing in the real life success, knowledge and experiences of others, through our innovative partnership events and activities.

Provider Access Information (click on this link to read the full information) 

This information sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.


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Bedford High School achieved the Inspiring IAG Award and we follow their Code of Practice which is mapped against the Gatsby benchmarks and other national guidance to ensure that our students are informed and inspired to make important decisions about their future.

We buy-in the services of Aspiring Futures to provide 1:1 careers interviews with year 11 students and independent careers IAG, through delivering and attending workshops and events in school for other year groups.  We have a clear Careers Referral System which is promoted to students and parents at information evenings.

Careers Events and Activities

We pride ourselves on providing our students with opportunities to apply their learning and knowledge to the world of work and their future career aspirations and we are delighted to have been shortlisted for The Skills for Business Award for two consecutive years. Students are provided with a Work Related Learning (WRL) Log in their School Planner to record all CEIAG activity. We provide a wide range of talks, events and activities in and outside of school involving leading business leaders, such as Bank of England, KPMG through our Business Class Programme and local employers, Intrinsic and Waterfield’s Bakery, Speakers4Schools and Feed Your Future Business Lunch with Students.

We provide student leadership development opportunities and training, which include: KPMG Leadership Training for student leaders, Enterprise Media Team students working with our school partner, Media-City based North Star Digital, Junior Leadership Team, School Buddies, School Ambassadors, Sports Leaders, Science Leaders etc.

All students and parents have access to an annual Careers Fair which is supported by education/training providers, local and national businesses and Bedford alumni. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, 15th February in U Block Hall from 1.45-4pm.  Please contact Mrs P Birchall, Community & Work Related Learning Coordinator if you can support this event.

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance – Student Entitlement

Year 7:

  • A Careers introduction
  • A minimum of 3 dedicated 1 hour Careers activities
  • Access to IAG 1:1 appointments on request
  • Access to annual Careers Fair

Year 8:

  • A minimum of 4 dedicated 1 hour Careers activities
  • Access to IAG during drop-in sessions
  • An interview session with a member of SLT regarding option choices
  • Option choice taster sessions
  • WRL enrichment activities
  • Access to IAG 1:1 appointments on request
  • Access to annual Careers Fair

Year 9:

  • A minimum of 5 dedicated 1 hour Careers activities
  • Access to IAG during drop-in sessions and 1:1 drop-in upon request
  • WRL enrichment activities
  • Careers adviser invited to attend parents evening
  • Access to annual Careers Fair

Year 10:

  • A minimum of 6 dedicated 1 hour Careers activities
  • Access to IAG during drop-in sessions and 1:1 interviews
  • WRL enrichment activities
  • Access to Work Experience opportunities
  • Careers advisors/post-16 providers to attend all parents events
  • Post-16 pathways
  • Access to annual Careers Fair

Year 11:

  • A minimum of 8 dedicated Careers activities covering all aspects of preparation for post-16 and employment
  • A selection of presentations on the choices available post 16 – delivered by post-16 providers
  • Access to IAG during drop-in sessions
  • WRL enrichment activities
  • A parent and student post 16 / Exam preparation evening
  • Access to UCAS progress and full support using it
  • At least one interview session with a Careers Advisor and action planning
  • Access to annual Careers Fair
  • Promote the National Citizenship Service

We encourage our students to visit as many College and Apprenticeship Open Events as possible to help them to make an informed decision about their post-16 options.

Careers Exploration and Applications

We encourage all students to apply through ‘UCAS Progress’.   Students receive Usernames and Passwords, together with training on both of these online resources and we promote and encourage parents to support their child with careers exploration and applications.

Careers Websites

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The National Apprenticeship Service has the latest news, information and advice to help you find and apply for an apprenticeship vacancy

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The National Careers Service is a free careers advice service for adults and young people aged 13 years and over. Access support by the website link above, telephone: 0800 100 900 or book a free call back through the website if you do not have access to a landline and you have a pay-as-you-go mobile.https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
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The UK’s national volunteering database, Do-it.org makes it easy for anyone to volunteer in their community. https://do-it.org

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